Here’s some good news for would-be homeowners who are coming up short on cash: 87% of all U.S. homes qualify for mortgage down payment help, and in Bellingham Washington / Whatcom county that number is over 95%.
RealtyTrac found that 68 million Americans in 78 million single-family homes are eligible for mortgage down payment programs in their home county, based on price requirements and the potential value of their properties.
The aid could unlock a door into the residential real estate market for people previously locked out because they didn’t have enough money saved for a down payment.
“Many homebuyers, especially Millennials, haven’t fully investigated their home financing options because they are pessimistic about qualifying for a mortgage,” says Rob Chrane, chief executive at Down Payment Resource, which tracks the mortgage down payment assistance market. “In fact, 91% of the 2,290 programs in our registry have funds available to lend to eligible buyers.”
Finding that cash may not be as hard as you think; RealtyTrac says only a “few minutes of your time” can uncover multiple paths to down payment help. In fact taking a single class in Washington qualifies Washingtonians for down payment assistance of up to 4% of home value whereby qualifying them for hundreds of Loan Programs. Bellingham Local Real Estate
In Washington State, start at (WSHFC), which is Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Freddie Mac’s is also invaluable “Sources of Down Payments and Closing Costs Assistance,” a guide to how housing finance agencies and state, local and municipal agencies can help with your new home mortgage.
Where you live has a big influence on how much help you can get. Tim Lucas, editor at MyMortgageInsider.com, points out that in Seattle, buyers can qualify for up to $45,000 in down payment assistance at a 3% interest rate, with payments deferred for 30 years.
In addition, NeighborWorks America is available in 235 areas across the country, Lucas says. It offers down payment help to 14,000 families each year, while Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA guidelines permit the buyer to get a down payment gift from an employer or relative. “Nonprofits can also cover the buyer’s entire down payment and closing costs, helping the borrower to get into a home with zero out of their own pocket,” he adds. If you have any questions go to my site BellinghamLocalRealEstate.com and I will show you your options!. I work with Local Banks and Investors with the sole purpose of putting people into homes of their own..!
I can direct you to local bank’s loan officer who’ll show you what types of down payment assistance programs are available. There are there hundreds of options, especially for first-time homeowners or veterans. I don’t know them all, but I know the options for Washington residents that is for sure. Contact me with any questions you may have.
Original post, Mainst.com By: Brian O’Connell
edited by Ronald Davis